SMJ's Guide to Slightly-Less-Caffeinated-than-Coffee Delightful Summer Beverages
I am so loving this stuff; it is basically my perfect summer energy drink. I find that a protein shot really does my energy levels right these days, and each serving of this stuff has 10 grams of protein and 160 calories. AND caffeine. LOVE. The ingredient list is non-scary: vanilla chai tea (soy milk, brewed green tea, natural flavors, vanilla extract), apple juice, soy protein isolate, calcium, carrageenan, vitamin c, magnesium, vitamin b6, zinc, iron, vitamin b12. There is no chalky soy aftertaste and no overly sweet chai flavor either. This is a perfect post-run recovery drink, as well as a perfect first thing in the morning drink, featured as part of a yummy breakfast.
Chai is usually prepared with black tea, but I love that this drink has all the flavor of chai, but with all the health benefits of green tea, which contains an incredibly powerful anti-oxidant called epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG. This magical stuff has been proven to lower cholesterol and your risk of certain cancers, as well as boost your immune system and make your skin glow-y. Good stuff. As a caffeine replacement, I give this drink high marks. You don't get that really buzzed and jittery feeling, but that is what I am working to veer away from, so that's a good thing. You get a nice, sweet green tea buzz instead, as well as the added blood-sugar-stabilizing satiety from the protein. As well as being a great morning beverage, a big bottle of this stuff (say, 2 servings) would also make a great on-the-go, in-the-car lunch (with a piece of fruit or some whole grain crackers). Bolthouse Farms Perfectly Protein Chai is an all around winner.
What easy-on-the-nerves-and-tum caffeinated beverage is your fave?
I am looking for any and all suggestions, so please report back!